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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Will West

Pretty Gritty

Andrew Hussey

7 pm

Free

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Will West

Modern folk & blues

Will West

Carolina-born songwriter Will West performs with a rotation of acoustic musicians called The Friendly Strangers, featuring an array of fantastic Portland players on banjo, cello, mandolin, horns, percussion and other surprises. Together they create a signature acoustic sound blending Old Time Roots and Folk Influences with Modern Inspirations & Positive Vibes. They tend to improvise and experiment, and they have a great time doing it.

Will West & The Friendly Strangers are cruising along after the release of their 2nd album called "Sunshine" in July 2012.  Performing in various  Northwest Festivals & Outdoor Concert Series during the Summer of 2012.  Songs have been featured on KNRK 94.7, KINK fm 101.9 and KZME 107.1 in the Portland area.  
 They released their debut album called "Take this Moment" in January of 2011.  The song "Understand" was featured on the KINK FM Local's Only  CD  Volume 4 in the summer of 2011. The album was nominated for "Album of the Year" by the 2012 Portland Music Awards and it has recently launched as a station on Pandora Radio.

The son of a fiddle player, West cites Old-Time Bluegrass, Blues and Heavy Metal music as some of his early influences. West moved to Portland in the summertime of 2002 and began cutting his teeth as a performer at Open-Mics and busking in Northwest Portland. He picked up his first formal gigs in 2004 and has been on a steady rise in the vibrant Northwest Music scene.

Will West has also released 3 solo albums and several limited press EP's. 
"to inspire" by Will West (live & lo-fi) ~ April 2009.  A collection of live studio recordings and home studio work by Will West and guest bandmates. (limited press)
"Shine" by Will West ~ April 2007.  Will's debut studio album. Recorded with Rob Stroup at 8 Ball Studio in Portland, Oregon.
"Reconstruction" by Will West ~ Jan 2004.  A collection of intimate acoustic recording of Will West at Ethos Studio in Portland, Oregon.

Their live performances continue to evolve and change. As a solo performer or with variations of a band, West pulls off fantastic acoustic guitar playing with smoothly delivered vocals and harmonica. Each show is an experience and it's all about the vibe...

Website:
http://www.willwestmusic.com/

MySpace page:
http://www.myspace.com/willsmusic

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlystrangers/

Video:
https://vimeo.com/195249689

Pretty Gritty

Soulful Americana

Pretty Gritty

Pretty Gritty might be another duo emerging from a sea of female/male acts as of late, but there is nothing typical about these two. Sarah and Blaine have cultivated a sound that is both timeless and classic, yet they still succeed in bringing something fresh to the table, pushing rootsy-Americana sounds into an edgy, alternative space. These two have carved out a reputation as a must-see live act, allowing them to open for such acts as The Wood Brothers (SalmonFest 2016), Tim O'Brian, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Rod Picott, Lake Street Dive, Ben Sollee & the Kentucky Native and Joe Newberry.

Both members utilize their multi-instrumental skills to sing, play stringed instruments and hold down back-beats, all simultaneously for a truly engaging experience. But they are not simply just entertainers. It is their mesmerizing vocal harmonies and beautifully crafted songwriting that really tug at the heartstrings and earn them life-long fans.

"There's an elusive chemistry between some singers. George and Tammy had it, and so did Olivia and John. Those kids from Nickel Creek had it, and the hottest example of it (recording) in Nashville at the moment are a duo known as Pretty Gritty."
-C. Brett Campbell
Middle Tennessee Music

The duo originally formed in Maryland in 2010, but after completing 2 (completely DIY) National tours and 3 recording projects, Sarah and Blaine decided to relocate to Portland, OR. At first they hit the streets, busking downtown, but it didn't take long for folks to take notice. Pretty Gritty are now playing at venues all over the Pacific Northwest. They have successfully completed several tours, covering ground all over OR, WA, MT, CO, UT and AK.

Pretty Gritty's self-titled debut album (2012) features the well known jam/festival scene artist, Keller Williams, as the voice of the devil on the track titled "Hellhound Blues." This freshman attempt won them 2 Indie Music Channel awards, Best Country Song and Best Folk Song.

In 2015, Pretty Gritty began their relationship with producers Fred Cannon & Paul Buono at Creative & Dreams Music Network (Nashville, TN) where they recorded their Lonely Road EP (released Feb 2016). Pleased with the experience, everyone decided to continue the relationship and return to the studio to record a full album, Seven Year Itch, due to release March 30th, 2018.

 

Website:
www.prettygrittymusic.com

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/prettygritty

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